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Beyond Sendai, water community turns attention to Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Global Rundown Water systems in places like Syria and Gaza are critically damaged and causing health risks, while militants continue to target water infrastructure in the Middle East, the Red Cross says. In the United States, Duke Energy claims it will fight a record-setting fine for groundwater pollution in North Carolina, and residents in […]

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The Global Rundown Increasingly severe droughts in the western United States could give utilities more power to set higher prices for water. Ireland’s government is considering ways to make people pay their water bills, while making Los Angeles’ water systems resilient to earthquakes could cost billions. Dozens of people die each day in the Philippines […]

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The Global Rundown Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan sign an agreement to end the conflict over the Grand Renaissance dam on the Nile River. Bhutan searches for international investors to help protect its vital watersheds, Rajendra Singh of India wins the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize, and thousands of water charge protesters march in Dublin. The United […]

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The Global Rundown An increase in biofuel use is driving up California’s water footprint for energy, and household leaks in the United States lose billions of cubic meters of water each year. Contaminated water and juices are spreading typhoid fever in Uganda, and residents of Vanuatu are running out of food and water. Water managers […]

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The Global Rundown A report from global health organizations highlights the lack of safe water and sanitation at health centers. Rivers in a Vietnam province are down 80 percent due to drought, while California considers stricter water conservation measures today. Alberta, Canada introduced stricter regulations to protect water from oil sands development, and scientists found […]

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The Global Rundown A report found PetroChina responsible for drinking water contamination in Lanzhou, China last year, while government testing found 75 percent of drinking water sources in Pakistan are unsafe for human consumption. Officials in Tuvalu worry about water and food supplies in the wake of Cyclone Pam, Russian communities struggle with a shrinking […]

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New legislative proposal focuses on less expensive, short-term fixes.

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The Global Rundown Iran’s fresh water supplies are dwindling, and rising seas are threatening the Marshall Islands and Kiribati. South Africa completed a feasibility study on a new desalination plant for Cape Town. Legislators in California heard testimony from state agencies that regulate oil wastewater, Des Moines voted to move ahead with its nitrate pollution […]

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The Global Rundown A United Nations official says better drought management and response requires better coordination between government agencies. Taiwan released plans for measures to combat its drought, while wine growers and miners contend with a severe drought in Chile. A new study suggests temperatures in the northern hemisphere could begin to rise quickly. Microbes […]

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The Global Rundown Australia should focus on improving management of its groundwater instead of building more surface water dams, according to two of the country’s water scientists. Water districts in California are considering major rate increases to combat the ongoing drought, while droughts around the world underline the growing threat from water scarcity. Ireland released […]

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The Global Rundown Scientists linked widespread deforestation to potential drops in monsoon rains across Southeast Asia. California residents backpedaled on water conservation in January, while the state closed 12 oil injection wells this month to prevent groundwater pollution. Israel will increase yearly water supplies to Gaza, the world will meet this month to discuss disaster […]

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EPA’s Clean Water Rule confronts deep-rooted farm resistance.

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The Global Rundown Climate change was likely behind the drought that helped push Syria into civil war, scientists found. Two separate oil spills contaminated river water used for drinking and irrigation in Washington state and Virginia, while ongoing problems with water and sanitation infrastructure are contributing to food insecurity in Gaza. A cholera outbreak in […]

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EPA action under Clean Water Act cited as determining factor.

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The Global Rundown Switzerland pledged emission cuts for a global climate deal in Paris, India’s groundwater is declining, and Sao Paulo mineral water deliveries are on the rise. Water infrastructure inefficiencies are losing billions of gallons globally. A deadly fungus was discovered in Madagascar’s frog populations, and a new iron mine is off the table […]

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The Global Rundown Several communities in northern India are building artificial glaciers to boost water supplies. Cambodia promised to delay construction of a major, and strongly opposed, hydropower dam. More radioactive water leaked from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, and earthquakes that could be linked to wastewater wells are on the rise in Oklahoma. The U.S. […]

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The Global Rundown A dam-building spree in the Balkans threatens critical species and Europe’s last wild rivers, conservationists say. Drought is taking a toll on Brazil’s economy, shale drillers in Alberta, Canada are being asked to measure for earthquakes, and the United States is charging a major energy company with water pollution violations. Technology exists […]

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The Global Rundown Desalination is increasingly common and important in the Caribbean, while in Israel it is is expected to account for half of the country’s water supply by next year. Snowpack in the western United States is well below normal, environmental groups worry dams in Mongolia could further deplete a shrinking Lake Baikal, and […]

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The Global Rundown Brazil’s largest city is in dire condition as water supplies drop, so much so that some officials say residents may be warned to leave. Crude oil spilled from a derailed train into a river in West Virginia, and international inspectors urged Japan to release water from the Fukushima plant into the Pacific […]

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